WSP seeks witnesses of hit-and-run on I-5 in Lacey

The crash was more than a month ago, but Washington State Patrol is asking the public to help in its investigation of a two vehicle hit-and-run that occurred just before 5 p.m. July 11 on northbound Interstate 5 in Lacey.

According to a news release, a red or maroon Mercury Marquis or Lincoln Town Car-style vehicle slammed on its brakes and came to a stop in the left lane for no apparent reason, near milepost 108 between the College Street and Martin Way exits.

It was rear-ended by a light gray Nissan Maxima. The drivers of both vehicles pulled onto the left shoulder of I-5.

“The driver of the red/maroon vehicle exited his vehicle, looked at the damage, and fled the scene,” states a news release from the patrol. “The subject in the fleeing vehicle was described as a tall, thin, white male with gray hair, beard and mustache in his late 50s or 60s.’”

The driver crossed all lanes of traffic and is believed to have taken the Martin Way exit.

Anyone who witnessed the chain of events leading up to the collision, or has information that might be related to the case, is asked to call Det. Sgt. Jeff Maijala at 253-538-3178 or Det. Shannon Beeler at 253-538-3172.